The French women’s rugby team continues its flawless performance in the Six Nations Tournament. Easy winners but without necessarily convincing the Italians during the first day (39-6), the French confirmed by adding the way, Saturday April 2, against Ireland (40-5). A victory that allows the Blues to take the lead in the tournament before the other matches of the day (Wales-Scotland and Italy-England).
There was no suspense at the Ernest-Wallon stadium in Toulouse, the scene of this meeting – and very noisy for the occasion. More enterprising and determined to take the game on their own, the French quickly opened the scoring on a penalty from Caroline Drouin (3-0, 4and minute). Freed by this good start, the XV of France then accelerated to score a first try by Mélissande Llorens, shifted at the end of the line (8-0, 12and min).
An ideal start
The beginning of the French recital in this first act. A few minutes later, it was scrum half Laure Sansus who made her way to the closed end after a scrum (16-0, 24and min), before the second line Audrey Forlani also goes there with her strength test following a maul (21-0, 31and min).
🔥 After a magnificent movement, the French team scored the first try of the match thanks to Mélissande Llorens!… https://t.co/zSo3V1Ljhf
Two minutes from the end of the first period, this time it was the pillar Clara Joyeux who came to punctuate in beauty the first forty perfect minutes of Annick Hayraud’s players, by scoring a try on the goal line (26- 0.38and min). At half-time, the French had already won or almost won the match, and had validated the offensive bonus point by having visited the Irish in-goal four times (26-0).
The score could even have been even heavier if the Bleues had better negotiated a few situations in the Irish camp, completely apathetic, and if Caroline Drouin had been more precise against the poles (0/4 on conversions in the first period). The fly half had, it is true, not an easy task to tame the swirling wind blowing over Toulouse.
Not satisfied, Les Bleues started the second period as they finished the first and were quickly rewarded with a second personal try from Laure Sansus (33-0, 48and min), elected player of the match on Saturday. “It’s great, especially for me who is from Toulouse. We had a better performance than against Italy, we had fun.”reacted the scrum half at the end of the meeting, at the microphone of France 2.
Despite the burst of pride of the XV of clover, which will have had the merit of hanging on not to finish fanny thanks to Eve Higgins (56and min), the French women still weighed down the mark by Emilie Boulard (68and min) and thus concluded in beauty a meeting perfectly controlled from the beginning to the end. Les Bleues were particularly impressive in conquest, putting the Irish touch to the torture and systematically advancing on each scrum.
A convincing success likely to give them confidence before the meeting against Scotland, Sunday April 10, and especially a few months before the World Cup in New Zealand (October 8 to November 12), during which the Blue will part of the favourites.